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Legal agenda and live webcasts ~ Tuesday, March 15

[JURIST] Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Tuesday, March 15.

The US Senate [official website] convenes at 9:30 AM ET, when it will consider S. Con. Res. 18 [bill summary], the FY 2006 budget resolution. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. In committees, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] will hold a a 9:30 AM ET hearing to consider the nomination of Howard J. Krongard as inspector general of the Department of State. View the hearing agenda. The committee is holding a business meeting at 2:30 PM ET to vote on Krongard’s nomination and others. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website] Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce and the District of Columbia Subcommittee is holding a hearing on ensuring the success of the National Security Personnel System. View the hearing agenda, and watch a live webcast at 10 AM ET. The Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security Subcommittee is holding a 10 AM ET hearing on the OPEN Government Act of 2005 and freedom of information. View the hearing agenda. At 2:30 PM ET, the full Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on SBC/AT&T and Verizon/MCI mergers and the telecommunications industry. View the hearing agenda. Watch a live webcast of both hearings.

The US House [official website] convenes at 9 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of proceedings. The House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee is holding a 10 AM ET hearing on protecting consumer data. Watch a live webcast of the hearing. The House Financial Services Committee [official website] is holding a hearing at 10 AM ET on the SEC's view of regulation of the National Market System. Watch a live webcast of the hearing.

The Heritage Foundation is holding a forum titled "Congress and the Courts: Judicial Independence and Congressional Checks," at 10 AM ET today. Watch a live webcast of the event.

The 61st session of the Commission on Human Rights [official website] continues in Geneva today.

At the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the trial of Slobodan Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] continues today. A webcast begins at 9:30 AM local time [3:30 AM ET]. Also today, the trial of Fatmir Limaj and others [ICTY case backgrounder] continues, with a webcast beginning at 2:45 PM local time [8:45 AM ET].

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